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Understanding the impacts of racial trauma [11alive.com]

By Neima Abdulahi, 11 Alive, May 13, 2021 The Derek Chauvin trial sparked conversations about justice for Black lives, the trend of killings of unarmed African Americans, and what healing looks like for Black communities. As Atlanta nears the one year since the deadly shooting of Rayshard Brooks, 11Alive takes a broader look at racial trauma and its multi-generational factors. From the families of Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery , Jimmy Atchison, and Jamarion Robinson , their shared pain...

Why genocide survivors can offer a way to heal from the trauma of the pandemic year [dornsife.usc.edu]

By Donald E. Miller, University of Southern California, May 14, 2021 The pandemic has been a period of acute trauma at many levels. More than 3 million people have died globally from COVID-19, including over 600,000 in the United States. Doctors and nurses have experienced a moral crisis, feeling that perhaps they could have done more in spite of the tremendous demands on their time and resources. Families separated from loved ones , even those in their dying moments, are dealing with their...

There's a score to quantify childhood trauma. Some health experts want you to know yours. [washingtonpost.com]

By Richard Morgan, The Washington Post, May 15, 2021 Even with a pandemic raging, Nadine Burke Harris , a pediatrician who is serving as the first state surgeon general of California, set a goal that had nothing to do with the coronavirus : training 20,000 medical professionals in her state in a kind of health assessment known as the ACEs score. ACEs stands for adverse childhood experiences. A person’s score is typically a tally of how many of 10 such traumas — specific kinds of abuse,...

Homeless Oaklanders were tired of the housing crisis. So they built a 'miracle' village [theguardian.com]

By Gabrielle Canon, The Guardian, May 11, 2021 Tucked under a highway overpass in West Oakland , just beyond a graveyard of charred cars and dumped debris, lies an unexpected refuge. There’s a collection of beautiful, small structures built from foraged materials. There’s a hot shower, a fully stocked kitchen and health clinic. There’s a free “store” offering donated items including clothes and books, and a composting toilet. There are stone and gravel paths lined with flowers and vegetable...

"ACEs & The Boy Child" - LiveStream on 16th May for World Day of the Boy Child (WDBC)

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and World Day of the Boy Child (WDBC) at 2:00 p.m. EST on Sunday May 16, 2021, ACEs Caribbean Community will be hosting its first "Live" online chat on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Caribbean. In a virtual discussion titled "ACEs & The Boy Child", we will speak with the founder of World Day of the Boy Child, Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, and explore Mental Health and the damaging effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on...

May 19th CTIPP CAN Call: How to Determine if Your Organization is Trauma-Informed

The May 19th CTIPP CAN call will address a critical question that many organizations are increasingly asking themselves - "How do we determine where on the spectrum my organization sits in regard to becoming fully trauma-informed, and what more can we be doing to become trauma-informed?" Our presenters are experts who have developed or are applying different tools for evaluating and providing answers to these questions. May 19th, 2-3:30pm ET/11am-12:30pm PT - How to Determine if Your...

World Day of the Boy Child - Did You Know?

While still a little-known fact, since 2018, May 16th has been observed as World Day of the Boy Child . It is growing in popularity in parts of India, North America, the Caribbean and on the African continent. The observance was established by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a university lecturer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, who is well known as the catalyst behind the global recognition of 19th November as International Men's Day. Below is a trailer of Dr Teelucksingh introducing the...

New Book Provides Educators Practical Applications of Latest Research

You may remember a book teaser post back in October of last year ( https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/506853843165391754 ). Or maybe you don't! Either way, the post was a preview of The Whole Child School: Practical Applications for the Non-Academic Needs of All K-12 Students. It is now available in both eBook and paperback, with an audiobook in the works! If you don't want to check out the October blog post, here is a summary from the author: Whole Child Initiative, Whole Community, Whole...

How Exercise May Help Us Flourish [nytimes.com]

By Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, May 12, 2021 Our exercise habits may influence our sense of purpose in life and our sense of purpose may affect how much we exercise, according to an interesting new study of the reciprocal effects of feeling your life has meaning and being often in motion. The study, which involved more than 18,000 middle-aged and older men and women, found that those with the most stalwart sense of purpose at the start were the most likely to become active over...

10 articles to mark National Women's Health Week [healio.com]

By Healio Primary Care, Healio News, May 13, 2021 National Women’s Health Week is observed each year, starting on Mother’s Day, to encourage women and girls to take care of their physical and mental health. The observance, which runs from May 9 through May 15 this year, is led by the HHS’ Office on Women’s Health. The CDC and HHS shared steps that women and girls can take to improve their health, including: attending regular health screenings and exams; exercising and maintaining a balanced...

Born In Prison, How One Woman Used Her Trauma To Write The Post Traumatic Prison Disorder Act [forbes.com]

By Amanda Nguyen, Forbes, May 13, 2021 “I was born in prison, rented to the foster care system, then leased back to prison.” After she was born to an incarcerated mother and faced an unstable childhood, Shawanna Vaughn found herself back behind bars by the age of 17. “Walking into prison at 17 was the most traumatic experience of my life,” she remembers. She shared a cell with convicted murderers, mothers and young women. [ Please click here to read more .]

If You Want to Be Happy, Try to Make Someone Else Happy [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

By Jill Suttie, Greater Good Magazine, May 12, 2021 When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he assured Americans of their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This idea seems to lead many Americans to chase after new gadgets and hedonistic pleasures. But what if that approach is wrong? What if happiness comes from aiming to make others happy, instead of doing nice things for yourself? That is exactly what a recent study found. In the experiment, college...

Learn how to secure federal funding for your community. A Better Normal with CTIPP, Dave Ellis, Dan Jurman

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act has several buckets of funding that can be used to promote trauma-informed and healing-centered projects. PACEs Connection communities can apply for this funding, according to leaders of the Campaign for Trauma-informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), the National Trauma Campaign, and PACEs Connection. The “Better Normal” webinar on Friday, May 14 at 3 p.m. EST; Noon PST, Dan Press, Jesse Kohler and Marlo Nash of CTIPP will begin by describing...

What’s your Number Story? [acesaware.org]

In addition to the launch of our State of CAre provider engagement campaign today , ACEs Aware and California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, are partnering with the national ACE Resource Network on a consumer education campaign designed to raise awareness and understanding of ACEs and toxic stress. The campaign’s theme, “The Story of Your Number,” is a reference to understanding the story behind one’s ACE score, and how this can support and empower people and families to heal.

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